#CFDebate: Meet the Proposition Team

China Focus s proud to present the inaugural China Focus Debate featuring two teams led by IR/PS professors Barry Naughton and Victor Shih. Professor Shih and his proposition team will argue in favor of the motion: “The house believes that the Chinese economy will collapse in five years.”

Doors open at 5pm on October 23rd in Robinson Auditorium, IR/PS, UCSD

This event will also be livecast at http://china.ucsd.edu/. Please tweet your questions @ChinaFocusBlog #CFDebate. Don’t miss out on the debate of the year! Register here to get your tickets!

victor shih

Victor Shih
Associate Professor, IR/PS

Professor Shih is an expert on Chinese political economy, with an emphasis on Chinese Communist Party elite politics and the political economy of financial reforms. He is the author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation (2008) as well as numerous journal articles. He is also a frequent adviser on the banking industry in China and worked for the Carlyle Group prior to joining IR/PS in 2013. Shih received his doctorate in Government from Harvard University.


angela luhAngela LUH

Undergraduate student, UC San Diego

Angela Luh is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in International Studies- Political Science and minoring in Economics and Chinese Studies. She is the co-president and co-founder of the International Studies Student Association at UCSD, lead tours as a UCSD College Ambassador, and write for the Prospect Journal of International Affairs. Angela has studied and interned in Shanghai and Nanjing and will intern in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the US Department of State this winter. She is completing her honors thesis on China-Russian relations and energy politics and hopes to pursue a career in international relations with a focus on East Asia.

max bonnerMax E. BONNER 

Master of Pacific International Affairs, IR/PS

Max Bonner is a second year masters student in the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). Since first moving there to study in 2005, China has become a second home to Max. He has spent a cumulative five years in China, including one memorable year as an exchange student at Nanjing University. He co-founded the Bad Monkey Brewery in Dali, Yunnan in 2008. Max holds a bachelors and masters with Distinction in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Max met his my wife Yuan in China and they recently started a business together in California.



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Jack Zhang

Jiakun Jack Zhang is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas (KU). He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at UC San Diego. His dissertation examines when and why economically interdependent countries use military versus economic coercion in foreign policy disputes. In 2018-2019, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. Jack holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a certificate in East Asian studies from Duke University, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Duke East Asia Nexus and was a co-founder of the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. At UC San Diego, he served as the senior advisor to the 21st Century China Center’s China Focus Blog. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, Jack worked as a China researcher for the Eurasia Group in Washington, DC. Follow him on Twitter @HanFeiTzu.

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